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Friday, December 26, 2008

The Veazey Family Buried in Berea Cemetery

Above: Entrance to Berea Cemetery
Right: Berea Cemetery

Gravemarker for John Henry Veazey, born 1847 in Georgia. Veazey died in Attala County in 1828. Inscribed on the marker are these words: "His words were kindness, His deeds were love, His spirit humble, He rests above."

Gravestone of Isobella Wade Veazey
b. August 5, 1849
d. November 17, 1929
"Wife of John Henry Veazey, Sr."

Berea Cemetery is the final resting place for members of the Veazey Family of Attala County, Mississippi. This family was once headed by John H. Veazey, Sr. and his wife, Isobella Wade Veazey. According to the U. S. Census taken in 1880, John Henry and Isabella Veazey were living in northeast Attala County, in Beat 2, Township 15. John's occupation was shown to be "farmer," and his birthplace, and that of his parents, was shown as "Georgia." In 1880, when the census was recorded, John and Isabella Veazey were parents to five children, William R., age 6, Mary V., age 4, James T., age 3, John H., age 2, and Arther L., age 8 months. The census record showed that all five children, as well as their mother, had been born in Mississippi. Other members of the Veazey family who are buried in Berea Cemetery are:

Arthur Lat Veazey, b. 1879 d 1966
Batha Baba Veazey,
b. Sep. 1, 1889 d. Sep. 24, 1892
Benjamin W. Veazey,
Apr., 1882 d. Mar., 1963
Bessie W. Veazey
b. 1887 d. 1972
James Thomas Veazey
b. Feb. 22, 1877 d. Jun. 14, 1963
Leona Buckner Veazey
b. Jan. 6, 1880 d. Aug. 5, 1921
Maggie Veazey
, b. Mar., 1892 d. March 1937
Rufus Hall Veazey, b. Mar. 28, 1884 d. unknown

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Franklin Cemetery

Franklin Cemetery, located in rural Holmes County, is another very old cemetery in Mississippi that contains graves of those who migrated to the state in the 1800's. Family names of some of those who are buried in Franklin Cemetery include Ambrose, Coleman, Drennan, Gage, Gibson, Lipsey, Noel, Sample, and Wharton.

St. Joseph Cemetery, Gluckstadt, Mississippi

Gluckstadt, which means "Lucky Village" in German, was settled in June of 1905 by five German farmers from Klaasville, Lake County, Indiana, whose names were Henry Klaas, John Kehle, Valentine Fitsch, Peter Schmidt and Joseph Weilandt. Later that year, they were joined by a number of other families. For approximately a dozen years, these families, who shared a common religion, their Catholic faith, met in family homes once a month, when a visiting priest traveled to their farming community to celebrate Mass. In 1917, the community erected a building that served as both school and church. Some years later, the building burned completely, but it was successfully rebuilt and dedicated in June 1929.

Near St. Joseph's Church is the cemetery by the same name that became the resting place for these early settlers and their families. Among those who have been laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery are those with the surnames of Aulenbrock, Kiehle, Klaas, Minninger, Schmidt, and Ulrich. Gravestones for some of those names are pictured here

Math Schmidt
b. March 27, 1879, in Germany
d. May 16, 1966

Teresa Hasse Schmidt

b. September 3, 1887, in Klaasville,
Lake County, Indiana
d. July 16, 1956

Anna Miller Minninger, b. September 27, 1890, d. July 12, 1967
John A. Minninger, b. September 23, 1889, d. August 6, 1983

Theresa Callahan Kehle
b. December 5, 1895 in Atlanta, GA
d. December 10, 1980 in Gluckstadt, MS

John Kehle, b. July 2, 1868 in
Hittensweiler, Germany
d. December 24, 1963
Gluckstadt, Mississippi

Henry A. Klaas
b. June 15, 1857
d. May 23, 1916

Mary M. Klaas
b. December 5, 1861
d. November 19, 1937
Note: All photographs are courtesy of Natalie Maynor

Monday, December 22, 2008

Canton Cemetery

Entrance to the Canton Cemetery, located
in Canton, Mississippi, the county seat of
Madison County (Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor)

A view of this old cemetery that contains
almost 3,000 graves, with many dating back to
the early 1800's (Photo courtesy of Natalie Maynor)

The town of Canton, Mississippi, is the location for this old and historic cemetery, where some families have buried their loved ones for almost two centuries. The cemetery is definitely a place to start for those who are tracing family roots in Madison County or the nearby counties of Attala, Holmes, and Yazoo. The Madison County Courthouse is also located in Canton, and it contains a wealth of genealogy information that dates back to the early 1800's. The courthouse, a large antebellum structure situated in the center of the downtown square, was the setting for filming portions of the movie version of John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Ezra L. Hearst, buried in Seneasha Cemetery

Seneasha Cemetery, located near Seneasha United Methodist Church, has many old graves of deceased individuals who were born in the 1800's. One of those graves is that of Ezra L. Hearst, who was born May 23, 1873, and who died on July 10, 1908. A number of other Hearst family members are buried in Seneasha Cemetery, near Newport, Mississippi, as well as members of several allied families, including Dickerson, Donald, Holley, McDaniel, Mabry, and Presley.

The monument at the gravesite of Ezra Hearst includes an inscription that states "In Memorium to the Loving Memory of My Dear Husband." Above the inscription are engravings of the fronts of buildings similar to the design of those in Jerusalem or elsewhere in that region of the world. A masonic symbol also appears near the top of the stone.
The name HEARST is engraved near the bottom of the monument, and an inscription honoring the deceased states "His mightiest pursuits form the noblest monument to his memory." According to his monument, Ezra L. Hearst died in Fort Worth, Texas when he was only 35 years old.

According to the U. S. Census taken in 1900, Ezra headed up a household in Newport, Attala County, Mississippi, that included his wife, Ida F. Hearst, born in April 1870, and Elizabeth V. Turner, born in September 1843. Ezra's occupation was shown to be that of "farmer." The birthplaces of Ezra and Ida Hearst were recorded as "Mississippi." Elizabeth Turner, according to the census record, was Ezra's mother-in-law, a woman who was born in 1843 in South Carolina to parents who were born there, as well. In 1900, the Hearst family lived near families with the names of Clower, Donald, Flowers, Nichols, O'Leary, and Ousley.

I have been unable to discover the cause of Ezra Hearst's death in Fort Worth, Texas, over five hundred miles west of Attala County, Mississippi. Based on the loving and respectful inscriptions on his grave marker, I can only imagine that Ezra Hearst must have died a hero.

William Nichols, the Architect from Bath, England

Photo by Natalie Maynor
Entrance to Odd Fellows Cemetery located
in Lexington, the County Seat of Holmes
County, Mississippi

Photo by Natalie Maynor
The inscription on the gravestone of William Nichols (pictured above) includes the letters "ARCHT" after his name, and according to the inscription, William Nichols, a native of Bath, England, died on December 12, 1853, when he was "aged 73 years." The monument marking the grave of William Nichols is one of the oldest in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington.

Photo by Natalie Maynor

William Nichols was a native of Bath, England whose profession was that of architect, as his gravestone states. He is remembered in Holmes County as the designer of the second courthouse in Lexington, Mississippi, a structure that later burned in 1893. Nichols also designed the Old Capitol Building and the Mississippi Governor's Mansion, historic state buildings located in Jackson, Mississippi.